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Parcells on Fins; Heat cleans up at ESPYs; Canes, Marlins; Olbermann returns to ESPN

A six pack of Wednesday night notes:    

### In a Wednesday conference call to preview his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Bill Parcells defended his record running the Dolphins and took no accountability for the team’s regression after his first season.

Parcells, who left the Dolphins early in the 2010 season, said “I think the personnel was definitely better” than before he arrived. “But I can’t prove it to you.”

Parcells said working with a first-time coach, first-time general manager and first-time owner presented a “difficult dynamic because everyone, rightly so, wants to put their mark on the franchise.”

He said he has “a high regard for [owner] Steve Ross. I like him very much. I talk to him from time to time. I think their division is such that they can be competitive and even maybe have a chance to win it.”

### The Heat dominated the ESPYs more than any team in sports on Wednesday, with Miami winning the "best team" award and LeBron James winning "Male Athlete of the Year” for the second year in a row.

After the Heat won the team award, Erik Spoelstra thanked every one of his assistant coaches by name, then handed the trophy to Dwyane Wade and said: "This never would have happened if the face of our franchise hadn't allowed this to happen."

Wade then thanked every Heat player by name, including Jarvis Varnado, whose Heat summer league team was in the process of dismantling the Knicks, 113-66, in the Las Vegas Summer League. 

James beat out Miguel Cabrera, Michael Phelps and Adrian Peterson for his personal honor. “This is for all four of us,” James said. “I’m just going to keep it at my house.”

Meanwhile, Game 6 of the Heat-Spurs NBA Finals won the ESPY for Game of the Year. LeBron, Wade, Ray Allen (whose late three pointer sent the game to overtime), Spoelstra and assistant coach David Fizdale accepted the award, and Spoelstra and Allen spoke before James chimed in: “Thank you, Jesus.” (That was a reference to Allen, who played Jesus Shuttlesworth in the movie, He Got Game.)

The Heat also took its fair share of barbs.

Host Jon Hamm cracked that the Heat won its second championship in a row “thanks in large part to their coach, Bruno Mars.”

Hamm, poking fun at the Heat fans who left Game 6 of the Finals early, said: "Are there any Heat fans here or did they leave already? Is Chris Bosh chasing them down?"

Hamm said he would rather be an actor than an athlete because “Chris Bosh was fined $5000 for flopping. Johnny Depp got paid $20 million for flopping.”

Bosh did not attend because he’s in India promoting the sport.

Asked by reporters outside the ceremony about the likelihood of the Lakers pursuing him next summer, James said: “I haven’t thought about it.”

### Colin Moran, the Marlins’ first-round pick in last month's draft, homered in his first professional at-bat for low-level Class A Greensboro on Wednesday night.

### UM receiver Malcolm Lewis did not apply for a medical redshirt and will be a sophomore this season, not a redshirt freshman. Lewis suffered a season-ending injury in the fourth game against Georgia Tech last September and could have applied for a redshirt. But UM says he can apply for another year after his senior season, if he chooses.

### Keith Olbermann, who admittedly burned his bridges after an otherwise successful five-year run at ESPN in the 1990s, is returning to the network to anchor a weeknight ESPN2 studio show, appropriately named “Olbermann,” which will air opposite the 11 p.m. SportsCenter on ESPN beginning Aug. 26.

“I’m very grateful for the chance [for] what I hope will be necessary viewing for all sports fans and put a different story on my relationship with ESPN,” Olbermann said on a conference call. “We could get everybody that ever took offense at anything I did and bring them all into one place. We would probably need Yankee Stadium. I could point to everybody and say, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.’

“I know we can’t undo everything that happened 20 years ago, but I’d like to correct as much as I can. I appreciate the fresh start. I had a heart to heart with Chris Berman at the All-Star Game last night. I told him the motivating thing was reading something about the past and my connection to ESPN and all the terms that have been used to describe my departure. I don’t want that to be in the obituary. I don’t want that to be the end of the story…. All that’s going to make a difference is how I conduct myself.”

Olbermann’s vision for the show?

“A good sports broadcast to get people thinking. There will be commentary, guests, celebrity sports fans, highlights, various running features. And many may be evocative of shows I’ve done in the past. There will be a significant highlight load.”

ESPN president John Skipper said: “We want it to be smart, provocative, informed and funny.”

Olbermann, 54, helped launch ESPN Radio and ESPN2 and also co-anchored highly popular editions of SportsCenter with Dan Patrick – a show they dubbed “The Big Show.” He returned to do some work for ESPN Radio from 2005 through 2007.

Olbermann, whose liberal leanings were evident when he hosted news shows previously for MSNBC and Current, said “there will be no political segments, no cultural segments…. [But] If George W. Bush wants to come on and talk baseball, I would be happy to have him.”

Skipper said he would have no problem with Olbermann expressing a view on Trayvon Martin or issues that intersect with sports.

Olbermann’s program will debut a week after Fox launches a new cable network – Fox Sports 1 -  that will feature an 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. studio show, with former tennis star Andy Roddick among the regulars. Asked about Fox, Skipper said the timing of Olbermann’s launch was not a coincidence.

As it turns out, Olbermann might be more formidable competition for SportsCenter than anything Fox airs in that slot.

Besides the ESPN job, Olbermann also will anchor TBS’ postseason baseball coverage.

### WQAM-560 will take its time to fill the afternoon drive slot of Jorge Sedano, who will leave in early September to co-host a show for ESPN Radio. Don’t expect a reunion with any former WQAM hosts such as Sid Rosenberg, Dan Sileo or Orlando Alzugaray.

WQAM assistant program director Andy King has a good chance to succeed Sedano as the station's program director.

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